By Simarpreet Kaur Saggu
Over the past decade homosexuals have gathered more and more acceptance in India and finally, on September 6th 2018, they cease to be criminals for loving their own way. Reading the judgement, Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman in the bench, said, “History owes an apology to these people persecuted by Section 377 for the social ostracism caused by the section.”
Love is unstoppable and you cannot command your heart, your brain, your hormones, your soul to work in a specific way the society or the law expects you to because, you don’t find love in a person’s sex, you find it in the gender and who said the gender cannot be same, different or for that matter both. When an attempt is made to coerce these people out of their sexual orientations rather than accepting them for who they are it becomes an act of humiliation. Therefore, Chief Justice of India His Excellency Deepak Misra quoted a German philosopher Schopenhauer, “I am what I am, so take me for who I am.”
The judgement I hope will give these people peace, ease their mental agony and is a big ray of hope towards complete freedom because, the battle isn’t over yet.
While we should be grateful that we have finally done away with a law we should never have had in independent India, we should really ponder about what comes next. Making love to anyone with their consent behind closed doors is fine by the law now but, putting a ring on it isn’t. Having a family and babies as a couple isn’t. In my opinion, not to stereotype, it in any way but, for some people validating their love is as important as having it with whoever they want to have it with, irrespective of the gender in the first place. It, for them, is an institution where two people come together, form and may or may not wish to extend a family. What bothers me is that these people are not completely free and cannot choose to live with whoever they want to as adult human beings. They should not be demanding these rights in the first place because they’re no less humans but due to the prevailing sorrowful set of circumstances they do have to fight for their existence. Giving them the right to love is a big step and the community clearly appreciates it but, giving them the right to LIVE is equally paramount. The liberals are celebrating the unfinished victory, The Government evidently is not. It is vital for the people in power, who rule us (literally and metaphorically) to stand with the citizens of this country. Speaking of which, since a tweet of Honorable Prime Minister “Satyameva Jayate” could give a statement about a huge issue. This time, we haven’t been lucky enough to even get that.
So, we all should continue to stand in their support, celebrate the steps, anticipate complete freedom and hope for the best. The law of the society won’t decide who I am and who I will love and most importantly live with.
And for the record, Satyameva Jayate.
(This article was originally published in BizGeist Volume 1 Issue 1. Click here to download your free copy of the magazine.)